Stop Kavanaugh: There are too many unanswered questions

As Republicans on the Judiciary Committee push ahead with Kavanaugh's nomination, despite unfolding news of a serious sexual assault allegation, GLAAD declares: There are simply too many unanswered questions to move forward in the confirmation process.

Here are five reasons why we have to stop the vote. Join us by getting involved with GLAAD Amp Your Voice.

1. Judge Kavanaugh refused to answer questions about LGBTQ issues.

Thanks to Senator Kamala Harris and Senator Cory Booker, at GLAAD’s insistence, Judge Kavanaugh was questioned about his views on LGBTQ rights last week. Specifically, questions about same-sex marriage and about employment nondiscrimination. But Judge Kavanaugh refused to answer any of their questions in any meaningful way… giving us no way to know how he will rule on important issues.

 

2. Judge Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault.

Recently, the news broke that Judge Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault—a serious allegation, and one of the only potential insights we’ve gained into his character. We must believe survivors, and we cannot go through with the confirmation process while such serious allegations remain against Kavanaugh. GLAAD stands with Christine Blasey Ford, should she choose to testify in front of the Judiciary Committee next week.

 

3. What are Kavanaugh’s unreleased documents hiding?

Despite repeated requests, much of Judge Kavanaugh’s records were not made publicly available, including documents from his time in the Bush Administration. While working as White House Staff Secretary, Kavanaugh held a high-level position during the worst of the Federal Marriage Amendment fight—which would have legally defined marriage as between one man and one woman. What was Kavanaugh’s role in crafting this proposed amendment, and what does that mean for his views on LGBTQ rights? Given his refusal to answer Senator Harris and Senator Booker directly, it doesn't look good.

 

4. Judge Kavanaugh refused to answer a question about Roe v. Wade.

The unanswered questions just keep piling up: Judge Kavanaugh also refused to give a direct answer about whether he would overturn Roe v. Wade—a critical piece of legislation that protects reproductive freedom for all people nationwide. Instead, during questioning he dropped an anti-choice dog-whistle, referring to birth control as "abortion inducing drugs."

 

5. Judge Kavanaugh refused to answer a question about Presidential powers.

Once again, Judge Kavanaugh didn’t answer in a straightforward way when asked about whether he thought a sitting President could be indicted, either. This matters when Trump is facing a swirl of accusations and allegations himself.

 

Despite GLAAD’s efforts and efforts on the part of many members of the judiciary committee, we just don’t know enough about Judge Kavanaugh’s character and career.

“What we are increasingly learning about Brett Kavanaugh is that we simply have not learned enough,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “While the most high profile of these unanswered questions involves a very serious assault accusation, the cloud of suspicion hovers over his entire personal and professional career.”

We don’t know how he feels about marriage equality, Roe v. Wade, employment nondiscrimination, or presidential power: all we know is that he's facing a serious allegation of sexual assault. Any one of these unanswered questions is enough to raise concern: together, they’re a sign that the confirmation absolutely should not proceed.

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